Updated June 2021
The Provincial Court of BC has taken steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, including preparing to hold some family, child protection and small claims conferences by telephone or video instead of in person. This eNews provides information about how to prepare for and participate in these conferences.
To comply with the advice of public health officials to minimize the number of people physically in courthouses, the Court transitioned to an “essential services model” in March, limiting hearings primarily to urgent matters.
It’s been suggested the Provincial Court of British Columbia could make more use of technology, including cloud-based video-conferencing and apps like Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, to link in participants by video for hearings and trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve carefully examined the possibility of doing that.
BC courts are not closed. In fact, we cannot close our courts because they are an essential component of our democratic system.
Enactment of the Provincial Court Act in 1969 created the Provincial Court of British Columbia. For the last fifty years, this Court’s focused efforts to provide an accessible, fair, efficient, and innovative system of justice have made it a leader in Canada.